The Balkan Lion Blog | Alternative Media Sites
Welcome to The Lions Den! Facts
and figures are one thing. My opinion is something
entirely different. I'll get right to the heart of
things on my mind and since this is my first "Den"
commentary-I'll stick to the issues regarding education
on abuse. As you have read in my previous statistics
there are 60 MILLION survivors of sexual and physical
abuse in the United States since 1993 From 1993-2003
my estimates based on past figures indicate that there
will be minimally 30 MILLION more cases of child and
sexual abuse over this ten year period while abuse
figures average 3 MILLION + annually in the United
What is NOT reported is a nightmare At present there
are 300,000 child soldiers under the age of 16 fighting
in armed conflicts world-wide. Whats happening in
our schools? 13 dead in the Columbine massacre-18
dead in a school in Germany-there are several shootings
at schools throughout the United States and the devastating
story of a 12 year old boy-taunted & bullied so
much by his classmates to the point of walking into
school with a gun-and committing suicide-in front
of his classmates.
I once had not one-but two people remark to me-we
dont care what happens.. over there... (regarding
the school shootings outside the US-as long as its
not here-) I could go on-and on and on. The stories
speak for themselves. I wonder how these two feel
now about the recent Russian slaughter of 360+ adults
and children in a Russian school by terrorists who
wounded 500 ? More than 160 that died were children
and it was filmed by the terrorists who shot innocent
children and adults in the back as they were running
away. If its possible.... my spirit groans while I
write this-but we must-stand strong and go on. We
have seen the face ...of pure evil...in the gruesome
slaughter of innocent children and adults under these
We have seen the deplorable scenes and conditions
on an international scale of children in Afghanistan
& Iraq. Lets not forget the upheavals in Serbia-Croatia-Bosnia-
Somalia-Spain- Africa-North & South Korea-Russia
China & more. These global conflicts strike fear
and terror into the hearts and minds of the children-communities
and societies in which they live.
This is a moment where I will applaud our United States
Armed Forces and Coalition Armed Forces for the fine
job they are doing under difficult circumstances protecting
our country and for the efforts made toward rebuilding
schools and hospitals in those countries and seeing
to it that children in a war torn country go BACK
TO SCHOOL- while helping to restore governing persons
and freedoms to vote! ( Albeit under very difficult
Moving on-I remember a comment made at a human resources
training conference for teacher interviews that I
attended about a northern city in the US where on
any given day-a student that walked to school-had
to make his way through no less than 60 street gangs.
What ARE we doing about this? I WONDER!.
In the United States our educational systems are under
terrible stress from the economic catastrophe of war
and terrorism. 911 has created havoc in our country
and we must be dedicated to reversing our losses.
It is a challenging & difficult time in our lives
with no easy answers or solutions-but-onward &
upward we must go.
School systems are struggling-city control boards
are dealing with financial issues-many on the verge
of bankruptcy are occurring now more than ever. Politics
is not the "keep the same person in forever"
or the same party foreverbut is creating
more of a "lets find out what the problem is"
and "WHO" gets the problem resolved.
In Buffalo-one city under control board review - it
is not a pretty sight as the schools keep closing
down-inner city teachers are needed more than ever-police
and firefighter jobs are on the line. The memory of
911 with the heroics of our police-firefighters-community-political
spiritual and civilians implanted just as fresh as
yesterday-but with a difference-these people and jobs
are in a SURVIVAL MODE.
What about California with a 39-40 BILLION DOLLAR
DEFICIT-Arnold is a big man-can he pull the right
people together to get the job done-well see? Taking
a quick look at Buffalo and California-they both have
one thing in common-the Democratic party essentially
has been the power base-For Buffalo--their politics
leave a lot to be desired-why-because the Democratic
party has been in charge-there arent many or few Republicans
to put the blame on-if it isnt working-WHY NOT?-you
can scream at the Senior & Jr Senators(Schumer
& Clinton) from New York(both Democrats) &
a Republican Governor-(Pataki) for more money but
it doesnt change the fact that the politics in Buffalo
havent worked and we have not done the proper job
of managing the city & its many departments. The
school closings are a SERIOUS issue.
As for California-I remember the recent recall election
of Gray Davis when Arnold Schwarzennegger became Governor-and
his biggest challenge will be the Democratic party
and THEIR cooperation-they let him know it as well-
Alls fair in politics & maybe not so fair-but
it seems to me that working together to resolve the
blatant overspending and mismanagement of departments
and tax payers money is SERIOUS and takes a closer
look by the VOTERS who need to take care of their
cities-communities and education systems by putting
into public office the people that will get the job
I am not on a Democratic bashing tirade-One of My
life mottos-"The Truth Is what It Is". This
years BUSH vs KERRY Presidential election in 2004
will be one for the record books by the time all the
mud slinging is over. Well soon see who the last man
is (and maybe some day-who the last WOMAN is standing
. I might add that Hillary is NOT the only woman capable
of getting the job done. There are many fine women
on both sides of the political ladder Republican and
Democrat worthy of discussion. Another subject for
the near future to write on. I will also have information
on other control board cities as available.
Getting back to the problem of schools shutting down-take
a look at your area-how many schools are closed-how
many have had to shut down-or close "temporarily".I
went to a school meeting recently and the meeting
was about changing school standards. I made it very
clear (especially to the school board administrators
and politicians present) that if you change school
standards & it affects the teaching & reputation
of a school-including the present & FUTURE students
interested in going to that school-you will NEVER-NEVER-NEVER
get your school back-or those students-once its tampered
with and politics and "slice n dice" administrators
come in. Your school is finished-lost its clarity
and vision of the students its meant to reach.
I watched as red faced school board members smiled
weakly and said "its about the money". Yeah-Right-and
what about THE STUDENTS! Different forms of abuse
& this is ONE of them-yet it doesnt have to be
this way-VOTERS--KNOW YOUR POLITICIANS and parents-get
involved in your schools!
Going back to the subject of child abuse education-Our
children ARE the FUTURE-PULSE and LIFEFORCE of our
planet. Nurture a child and they grow-abuse a child
and the scars last a lifetime. As I said in The
Lions Imprint governments know this-militaries
know it-politicians know it- So do doctors-lawyers-educators-child
care and child mental health professionals -law enforcement
and those that deal in the dark side of
human depravity and misery.
Experts are just some of the leaders to help fight
the war on the battlefield regarding the issue of
child abuse education. The only ones who dont truly
know what abuse is-are the CHILDREN. The ones who
suffer through the hellish nightmare that abuse is.
I have read that children especially between the ages
of 4-6 years old endure terrible shocks to the mind
& body during traumatic moments-whether it is
sexual-physical-terror-emotional-it can have an effect
on the mind-many of these children develop photographic
memories up to more than 40 times the power of a normal
child-I can attest to the power of that kind of shock-as
you read on through this website-you will understand
my feelings & commentary on the subject of abuse.
The subject material here is sexual abuse-physical
abuse-sexual exploitation-emotional and psychological
and about the way we react and treat others-and this
includes PARENTING-BIGTIME! We deal with our children/students
reactively. Now changes must be made. Proactive education
to treat the many issues of abuse need to be made
in the classroom. 911 is the catalyst that changed
everything. Look at our conflicts. Yes the United
States has been vulnerable. Looking at our recent
conflicts of WW1-WW2-Pearl Harbor-Korea-Vietnam-and
the more recent conflicts of Grenada-Somalia-Lebanon-Desert
Storm-Afghanistan-and Iraq-including the past history
of terrorism too numerous to mention- has changed
the way we live & look at life. Overprotection
and hiding or sweeping issues of abuse under the carpet
are not proper ways of dealing with the severity of
It is TIME that child welfare professionals bridge
the gap between the educational systems and arm our
children with the knowledge they need to survive.
Our children-students if you will- are NOT punching
bags to be slapped around-bullied-yelled at- kicked-chained
up-terrorized- mind controlled. They are not to be-
tossed aside-because you(the parent) didnt
want the responsibility of caring-loving and raising
a child. The mind of a child needs guidance and needs
to be free to experience life from a "kinder-gentler"
point of view. Child welfare experts can really make
a huge difference in the teaching and structuring
of child abuse education programs.
To prevent abuse-let THEM-TODAYS STUDENTS- TOMORROWS
PARENTS & THE NEXT GENERATION-learn of childrens
plights locally-nationally-internationally and globally.
Who and where better to educate children but in our
CLASSROOMS with the experience and expertise of teachers
with child welfare professional guidance and more.
Teachers can be taught to deal with this. As I stated
there needs to be a forum that will bring together
the right balance of professional disciplines from
judiciaL representatives from the proper court systems-cult-de-programmers
& psychological warfare experts-foster care advocates
and the health & mental health fields and more-that
will look at this subject from a fresh perspective
and get something started and work on a testing area.
Remember-the cost is high if you do NOTHING (like
the 4.5 BILLION DOLLAR fiscal child 1998 welfare program
costs for the US)resulting in the duality of mental
health and psychological destruction that hits us
in so many other areas like crime-drugs-pregnancy
alcoholism and single families creating society and
community costs in dollars and worse.
I know there are people out there that do care. Iin
order to do so an evolutionary process of teaching
and reaching students regarding abuse needs to be
made. Children and teens can be taught this subject
material and they must be taught accountablilty for
the lives they will bring into this world.
As a survivor of abuse I know the heartache of losing
family for forty years. In my world-faith and miracles
exist because Ive seen them-experienced them-and worked
to make them happen. I can exist in a world of bitterness
but choose-NOT-to. Ive learned the importance of communication
and the respect for those with leadership capabilities.
Remember-child abuse has no boundaries and no discriminating
factors. Its EVERYWHERE in numbers too big to ignore.
I appeal to those of you-who are communicators-who
are leaders-who are people of vision and realize how
important this is. Change needs to take place now-more
than ever-our children-todays students-all need help
on this subject-what better place to start this-than
in the USA where we put our scandals and pain in the
front window for the world to see-yet in a time of
war-our country stands strong.
President George W. Bush is passionate about the safety
of our country and "No Child Left Behind"
stance on education while dealing with the tough issues
of politics, the economy and education. While no program
has all the answers-it is a start toward dealing with
the severity of education issues in the United States.
A lot more needs to be done regarding education and
my comments I feel are critically important on the
subject of Child Abuse Education in a curriculm setting.
(The United States budget on education is the largest
education spending budget to date). Our First Lady
Laura Bush makes education a top priority, sorely
needed and our First Lady backs it up with her lifestyle.
Her stand on empowering women as a global communicator
and her educational programs for women and girls in
Afghanistan is to be commended.
As I wind down my first "Lions Den" article-some
thoughts to consider. Just as abuse in its many forms
knows no boundaries-the cure-if you will-through education
should have no limitations. It should not be limited
by politics nor closed minds. Its "cure"
lies in the size of the visions and the hearts of
those who wish to attack this evil problem that haunts
society through the eyes and souls of its afflicted
I remember one day I was thinking about how to present
this material to the website-a daunting task &
I needed a break just to relax-I saw myself in my
"minds eye" taking a walk-by myself-through
a large green meadow-I had my Tamburitza instrument
slung over my back like a Serenader or a Minstrel-and
out of nowhere-they came running-to the left of me-the
right of me-straight at me-and they werent happy-they
were children-hundreds-thousands of them-and they
were from every race and nationality and belief system.
The first child to reach me was Chinese-her face full
of tears-then Black and Indian and White and Asian
and Arab and Slavic and Irish and French - too numerous
to count and I was overwhelmed. In the blink of an
eye they were gone-and I was once again-alone.
This vision taught me-these children-needed a voice-they
needed someone to BEGIN breaking down the barriers
of abuse education. They are the souls of children
in our present and future that are struggling with
this issue. On my front web page-if you look closely,
it looks like planets-but they are the faces of children.
Chinese, African American- male/female. They- todays
children are our universe-they are our present and
our future-You need to know what hurts them-you should
all know. How about..a talisman-a cure..EDUCATION..SOMEBODY..ANYBODY?
Extraordinary Education on abuse.... is truly needed!
"ALL CHILDREN NEED TO BE LOVED"
Global Child Mortality...January,
have had my TBL site up since 2004. As someone
who has gone through the devastation of being forcibly
removed from my home in 1957 by the Buffalo Police
and the Social Services department, raised in the
adoption system by loving parents and separated
for 40 years from 16 siblings, abuse and child
mortality is of great concern to me.
UNICEF statistics as of
2009 claim globally there were 8.8 million children
that died in 2008. In 2007 that figure was 9.9
million. As of 1990 it was 12.7 million. The Millennium
Development Project currently has reducing child
mortality 4th on its list of 8 goals to achieve.
UNICEF claims that 1 Billion US dollars per year
can prevent 1 million children’s deaths each
year. Multiply that times 10 and possibly you have
a portion of the solution required to saving the
rest of the planet. I truly believe that financially,
this is a manageable and realistic goal to achieve.
UN Millennium Development
1) Eradicate Extreme Hunger and poverty
2) Achieve primary universal education
3) Promote gender equality and empower
4) Reduce child mortality
5) Improve maternal health
6) Combat HIV, Malaria and other diseases
7) Ensure environmental sustainability
8) Develop a global understanding and development
The rest of
the equation to reduce child mortality will come
from the vision, hearts and souls using the combined
efforts of the United Nations 192 countries, the
World Health Organization (WHO) UNICEF, the
global wealthy and philanthropic minded (to include
like minded organizations) to make this possible.
Diplomacy being what it is, there is plenty of
room for more help if we are truly serious about
tackling such an ugly issue. Areas such as money,
food, water, plumbing, electricity, water purification,
basic health and sanitation services, transportation,
infrastructure, technology, good leadership, government,
bias, discrimination and corruption are some of
the obstacles toward curing these global killers.
problem comes in the form of the causes of such
devastating death. Money is a huge problem. 80%
of humanity according to The World Bank (May
2008) lives on less than $10 a day. If you were
poor and made the move to the US from a poor
country you would live on $1.45 per day adjusted
for inflation. Not very much is it?
As of 2005 figures
the worlds poorest consume 1.5% of consumer goods. The
middle 60% consumes 21.9% and the upper 20% consume
76.6%. 1.6 Billion live without electricity.
South Asia-706 million, Sub Africa-547 million,
East Asia-224 million and other countries 10
economic crisis will cost lives. 1.1 Billion don’t
have proper water in developing countries. 2.6
Billion lack proper sanitation. 660 million without
sanitation live on less than $2 a day. 385 million
live on less than $1 a day. Water use in the US
is 660 litres a day. In the United Kingdom it is
150 litres a day. 1 Billion people have not used
a toilet or bathroom facilities. 121 million children
do not get any education up from my earlier figures
of 115 million when I started my website in 2004.
Nearly 1 Billion people who have entered the 21st
century are unable to read a book.
A 2003 figure
shows Saharan Africa loses 5% of it’s Gross
Domestic Products or 28.4 Billion annually. Unbelievably
this figure exceeds the total aid flow and debt
relief to the region for that year. Reasons for
the economic waste are due to water and sanitation
problems. Malaria and diarrhea are global killers.
2.2 Billion rely on the world for help. 1 Billion
are in poverty. 640 million live without shelter,
400 million without water and 270 million without
education 72 million children in developing countries
did not attend school. 57% of these were girls.
Supposedly these numbers are optimistic? Underweight
children are being targeted by The Millennium
Development program and they hope these figures
will decrease to 30 million. Progress is slow
in Southern Asia and Saharan Africa. Poor conditions
globally blight 40 million. There were 3 million
AIDS deaths in 2004. Each year there are 300-500
million cases of malaria. 1 million fatalities
alone from malaria. Africa has 90% of malaria
fatalities and African children account for 80%
of malaria fatalities globally.
Child Death statistics as of 2009:
1) Southeast Asia 3 Million
2) Sub Saharan Africa 4.5 Million
3) East Asia and Pacific 800,000
4) Middle Eastern Africa 400,000
5) Latin American countries 300,000
6) Industrialized countries 100,000
under age 5 are used as a barometer of children’s
well being in an area. Use a higher age and rates
increase. Global child mortality rates declined from
12.7 million to 8.8 million from 1990-2009. The
numbers are truly staggering.
Regarding the wealth
on planet Earth as of 2004.The top 8.3 million
people around the world rose by 8.2% to 30.8 TRILLION
dollars. This small percentage of wealthy individuals
gives them control of nearly 25% of the worlds
financial assets as of 2004. 51% of these wealthiest
are corporations. Considering we live on a planet
with 6 Billion people on it these figures raise
For every 1 dollar
in financial aid a developing country receives,
$25 is spent on debt repayment! The poorer the
country the more likely it is that debt repayments
are being extended directly to those few people
that neither contracted the loans nor received
the money. How can any country or any nation EVER
get caught up when the interest repayments are
backbreaking and self defeating? I have always
stated the following:
dollar and receive back $1 dollar plus an additional
10 cents/ 10 percent interest for your investment.
Now go and trace the source of the 10 % interest
that you have made on your funds. When the dust
has cleared and you trace every movement of your
dollars interest through the banks and financial
institutions to the source of where that interest
all probability, someone’s blood in the form
of human slavery, low wages, hard work , poor working
conditions or even someone’s LIFE…will
have paid the price for your investment/interest.
I respect what it takes to earn a dollar. Doing
so however at the expense of economies and the
blood of humanity that reaps interest negatively
drives and effects the lives of children, creates
poor economies, under education, poor health, unsanitary
conditions, under development of countries and
much of the misery they endure. How much is enough
and when is it too much?
I make myself very
clear in my next statement. As the United States
of America: Teach the world to be LIKE us! Teach
proper education, economics, banking and finance,
housing, agriculture farming and the food industry,
Doctoring, medical and healing, electricity, plumbing,
water and complete technology in order to live
and survive in the 21st century. Once again…Teach
the world to be like US!
I believe there are
many jobs and opportunities in the world. Yet the words
of a teacher of inner city teachers echo in my ear. ”There
are only 6 places in the world where we can get along
with one another without hatred and discrimination”.
You must add hatred, discrimination and “lack
of spiritual wisdom and vision” among the devils
tools for slowing down progress. Slap a child in the
face or use a hateful word and they remember for life.
A hug and support to one in need can light the fire
of healing in a soul that will never burn out. Preach
hatred and all you will reap is its evil. It is time
for US to turn around and put our lights back on. The
United States needs to shine its light bright for the
world to see. We can do better. We Must!
It is said that “the
wealthiest nation in the world has the widest gap
between rich and poor of any industrialized nation“. Money
is important and can buy anything if you have enough
of it. It can save millions in lives in adults
and children just on clean water and prevention
of diarrhea and Malaria alone.
Through the UN
Millennium Development Project, UNICEF, WHO, corporations
and global wealth, the good hearts of Christian
organizations, and loving people of all races and
belief systems, we can pour into this world great
love and great charity. Together we can make progress
in reducing and eliminating the child mortality
issue. I believe in our US prosperity and positive
vision that we can make strides in working to help
solve this great problem. Negativity will do no
good. We MUST work together.
worth noting that affect global child mortality
and abuse crisis. Mexico still leads in the category
of child trafficking across the US border. Then
there was the excellent televised November 2009
US blueberry scandal resulting in child labor violation
exposure of children age 5 and older working for
low wages. The Michigan based company was cited
and blacklisted as a result of the program. That
comes under the category of the agriculture industry
which has thousands of injuries and low wage problems
yearly. It is also why there is such an intense
political issue between the US and Mexico allowing
migrant workers to cross the border.
Add to this governments,
dictatorships, terrorism, war, thug politics, corruption,
ideologies, religion, poverty, lack of education, disease,
illness, lack of technology, lack of vision, geological
earthquakes and weather disasters and you have a good
picture of the size and complexity of the problem.
Among all the difficulty shown I find it truly MIRACULOUS
that despite all of the above listed problems we are
making progress. The UN global figures are down from
12.7 million child deaths in 1990 to 8.8 million in
2008. That is nearly 4 million less child deaths per
year. Down nearly 25% over the last 19 years. Down
1 Million between 2007 and 2008! That is progress!
While we have a long way to go and progress is agonizingly
slow at times WE…THE WORLD are making a difference!
There is also
much trouble across the southern US from California,
New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana. New
York City is a haven for child sex and trafficking.
There is also child pornography, child exploitation,
sexploitation, sex and slave trades, drugs, crime
and much more that make the subject so difficult
to deal with. A person trafficked to the US from
China for example will have to have sex 400-500
times to pay off the $40,000 fees and higher in
some cases. Not much has changed over the years
even with better technology. Child abuse and global
mortality IS a huge problem.
Many thanks to
the law enforcement federal and state agencies
that monitor child abuse, kidnapping, lost and
runaway programs. Kudos to international
programs that do this as well.
For some it is “where/how
do we begin to fix it” or even worse “can
we fix it“? Are we beyond hope for solutions
to mankind’s large problems? Some are not
very optimistic but we are seeing signs of good
progress! The hard question at hand is-while we
have our share of problems as a country-can we
and will we continue to strive toward putting an
end to the global child mortality problem? Can
we meet the goals of The UN Millennium Development
project? Or UNICEF? Or the WHO? or The World Bank?
Quite a double edged sword isn’t it?
and setting politics aside for the moment here
is a truly sobering and heartbreaking thought.
Remember as you snuggle in your warm beds (and
I am blessed to have one of those) and your head
hit’s the pillow that this night by midnight-more
than 28,000 children will die around the world.
Tomorrow is a new day and 28,000 more will line
up to meet The Death Angel, and the next day 28,000
more will be ready to leave this plane of existence…and
so on. They are numbers that are NOT up for discussion.
They speak for itself. If it doesn’t bother
you it should. It bothers me enough to write this
In closing…Happy New
Year…May God Bless America…and
Need T-B-L” To-Be-Loved!
“Not some or just a
few of them…ALL of them”
PS: In 1998 we spent $780 Billion on the
military, 200 Billion on narcotics and medication
and $125 Billion on Alcohol.
$42 Billion was spent on water and sanitation,
reproductive health, basic health and sanitation
for all developed countries. I wonder what those
2009 statistics will be?
for our children and adults around the world, for
those hungry, cold, starving, dying, lost, hurt,
abused, sick, crying, those without homes and parents,
for tsunami and earthquake torn countries like
Indonesia, Haiti and everywhere help is needed-that
their cries for help and hope...are heard and answered.
PPS…”In God We Trust“ (Motto
of the United States of America“)
Ray “Rajko” Ranic-THE
BALKAN LION/TBL 1/25/2010